Sharing a Traditional Christmas Posada in East Austin

December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

If the community come out mid-week for a show that features ballet folklorico, Vitera, a play, a break dancing burro, mariachis and Santa then it must be the Southwest Key Annual Posada. One evening last week, the East Austin community gathered to celebrate the season with a traditional Latin American Posada.

After weeks of practice, the children perform for their families and community in a beautiful celebration of the season. More than 200 members of the local community and supporters of the cultural arts program, the Latino Arts Preservation Program, watched the performance of  “La Pastorelita” (A Christmas in Mexico).

Joseph-and-Mary

Joseph and Mary sing after the birth of Christ.

A traditional Posada will incorporate the neighborhood into the telling of the story of St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary’s search for lodging. The children’s performance of narrating, singing and dancing through the story also took the audience took the show into the streets surrounding the Southwest Key headquarters in Govalle/Johnston Terrace.

After the children’s performance, Vitera, an Austin-based band, provided entertainment as families visited with Santa Claus and participated in activities for the children, such as arts and crafts, piñatas and face painting.

The City of Austin and Southwest Key Programs sponsored the annual festival this year.

– Narissa Johnson
Ext. Communications Manager

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Entry filed under: Arts, Community Center, Community Support, Culture, East Austin Children's Promise, Events, Govalle/Johnston Terrace Neighborhood.

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